Where Have You Been This Summer?
Alabama Sierrans have traveled far and wide--and we'd like to know more about it! Send us a photo of your summer vacation.
Below, One of the Alabama Sierra Club's frequent contributors took a trip to Iceland. And, of course, he doesn't go anywhere without his Sierra Club hat! Thanks David Newton for sending in your trip picture of Iceland. (notice his enthusiasm for the clothesline--nature's eco-friendly clothes dryer!)
Forever Wild and YOU
We need your help--and so does Alabama's Forever Wild Program
In the coming months, the Alabama Sierra Club will be sending mailings encouraging all members to promote the Forever Wild program and the upcoming vote November 6. We need your help to do this! We want REAL stories from Sierra Club members who've been enjoying Forever Wild properties. We want your photos!
Everyone needs to SEE the beautiful and ecologically important places that have been preserved by Forever Wild. Send your photos and short trip descriptions--or what a specific place means to you (think a paragraph or two at most!) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll take care of the rest!
You can also help get the word out by writing a letter to the editor. Use these handy Sierra Club tips to make your letter count even more!
Want to learn more about Forever Wild? Check out these links:
Forever Wild Facts
Forever Wild FAQs
Forever Wild Interactive Map with Recreational Opportunities
Forever Wild Land Purchases List
Alabamians for Forever Wild Coalition List - updated 5.12.12
Forever Wild Powerpoint
The Forever Wild Land Trust Report
Forever Wild Land Trust Homepage
A Message from Conservation Alabama About Forever Wild
|Tannehill State Park has been expanded to include more hiking
and camping opportunities thanks to the Forever Wild
When asked what are some of the most important amenities to have in our communities, a majority of Americans list things such as quality schools, access to jobs, safe neighborhoods and protecting the environment. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2011 Community Preference Survey, the general public believes these are roles that local and state governments should play in order to make cities and towns more inviting and marketable.
While these types of surveys have some benefits, such as prompting people to reflect on their values and reminding them what they enjoy most about their community, citizens are often confused about how they can promote these ideals. Issues like improving schools, attracting and retaining businesses, and reducing crime rates take a lot of effort and, often more frustratingly for the general public, they take a lot of time.
Therefore, the idea of creating more recreational space and designating more public land in the state of Alabama for things like hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing and hunting seems like a lofty aspiration or distant goal. Luckily, it’s already happening, and has been for nearly 20 years. Even better news is that Alabama residents will have a chance in November to ensure it continues.
Since it’s creation 20 years ago, the Forever Wild Land Trust has ensured more than 227,000 acres of land in Alabama remain open to public use. In addition to purchasing lands that expand existing parks and wildlife areas, Forever Wild has also helped create 220 miles of new recreational trails within 21 new recreation areas and nature preserves. These investments preserve the important places in our state and make our communities healthier and more inviting. read the full post here>>>
A Letter from Black Warrior Riverkeeper to the University of Alabama Regarding the Shepard Bend Mine
Black Warrior Riverkeeper has asked the UA System not to rely on ADEM’s and ASMC’s judgment; the permits they issued are not sufficiently protective of water quality. Dr. Arthur Benke, UA Professor of Biological Sciences, remarked in a Crimson White article, “it is fortunate that The University of Alabama owns much of this land and has the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of long-term stewardship rather than short term profit. I hope the University will see the wisdom in putting a stop to the proposed activity.”
Our partners in this effort include Alabama Environmental Council, Alabama Rivers Alliance, Avondale Brewing Company, Birmingham Audubon Society, Cahaba Brewing Company, Cahaba Riverkeeper, Cahaba River Society, Coalition of Alabama Students for the Environment, Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper, Citizens Opposed to Strip Mining on the Black Warrior River, Coosa Riverkeeper, enAct, Episcopal Diocese of Alabama's Task Force for the Stewardship of Creation, GASP, Glen Iris Neighborhood Association, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Green Initiative at UAB, Good People Brewing Company, Hurricane Creekkeeper, League of Women Voters of Alabama, Metro-Birmingham NAACP, Mobile Baykeeper, Montevallo Environmental Club, Occupy Birmingham, Patriots for Conservation, Restoring Eden at Samford, Southern Environmental Law Center, Tennessee Riverkeeper, UA ECo, UA NAACP, UA Student Government Association, UAB Student Government Association, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Wild South.
Our opposition will persist until UA announces that it will never lease or sell land or minerals for mining at Shepherd Bend. We would be happy to send you more information and meet with you. In the meantime, I have enclosed over a hundred letters to you that concerned citizens signed this week. These letters complement over 9,000 signatures on an ongoing Change.org petition, which have been delivered to the UA System Trustees.
Charles Scribner Executive Director
Read the full Letter Here: http://www.blackwarriorriver.org/pdf/ScribnerLetterToBailey_7.26.12.pdf
Don't Play a Shell Game with the Arctic
We've been fighting Shell Oil's attempts to drill in Alaska's Polar Bear Seas for months. But the past few weeks have shown just how unprepared Shell really is.
First, we learned that Shell's cleanup barge is ill-equipped to deal with a serious Arctic storm. Then, Shell admitted that it couldn't actually meet EPA clean air protections it had already agreed to. To top it off, last weekend a Shell drill ship headed for the Arctic almost grounded on an Alaskan island.
It's obvious: Shell cannot drill safely in the Arctic Ocean. Join the 40,000 people who have already emailed President Obama and the EPA, or send the Enivronmental Protection Agency a message on Twitter.
Like Birds? Visit the Alabama Birding Trails website!
Working with several conservation groups, including the Birmingham Audubon Society, a system of sites throughout Alabama has been developed to encourage people to get outside and enjoy watching birds. Learn more about this project and these sites by visiting www.alabamabirdingtrails.com and by "liking" the trails on facebook!